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we believe in a better chicken. >> pelley: tonight, enlisting the world in the war against isis. >> the united states of america will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death. >> pelley: major garrett on the president's address to the u.n. today. a dirt track driver was killed by nascar star tony stewart. a tragic accident or a crime. don dahler has today's decision. her family got a government benefit check when she was just a child. now, she tells wyatt andrews the government says she has to pay it back. >> they feel that we're the government, we can do what we want, however we want, whenever we want. >> pelley: and jim axelrod on a course that teaches students how to commit cyber crime. >> if you don't understand how it's happening, how do you stop it? captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. tonight, the united states and its arab allies are keeping up the aerial assault on isis terrorists in syria for a third night. the u.s. military reports 12 targets were hit in these latest attacks, five by u.s. aircraft, seven by arab planes. david martin at the pentagon is telling us that all but one of the targets were oil refineries, a major source of money that earns millions for isis. there were more u.s. airstrikes in iraq as well, and at the united nations today, president obama asked the world to join the war. chief white house correspondent major garrett was there. >> there can be no reasoning, no negotiations with this brand of evil. the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. so the united states of america will work with a broad coalition
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to dismantle this network of death. >> reporter: two days after launching an air campaign against isis targets in syria, the president warned isis soldiers to leave the palgt field while they can. >> those who continue to fight for a hateful cause will find they're increasingly alone, for we will not succumb to threat, and we will demonstrate the future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy. >> reporter: five arab nations have joined the u.s. fairstrikes against syria, yet mr. obama pressed them to do more. he scolded countries that have ignored or sometimes even facilitated extremist activities. >> it is time for a new compact among civilized people of this world to erad cat war at its most fundamental source and that is the corruption of young mind by violent ideology. that means cutting off the funding that fuels this hate. it's time toned the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the globally and and
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then siphon fund to those who teach children to tear it down. >> reporter: the treasury department announced today it would block access to financing for two isis command expirs six other regional terrorists. >> will those in favor of the draught resolution please raise their hand. >> reporter: and the u.n. security council unanimously approved a resolution requiring member nations to stop the flow of foreign fighters and fund to isis. mr. obama called for swift follow-through. >> promises on paper cannot keep us safe. lofty rhetoric and good intentions will not stop a single terrorist attack. the words spoken here today must be matched and translated into action. >> reporter: the president said the world is at a crossroads in its fight not only against isis but all forms of violent islamic extremism. and, scott, the president's top advisers admit the president was at a crossroads, too, and he needed this speech to compensate, they say, for a summer of sometimes failing to
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project strong u.s. leadership. >> pelley: major, thanks very much. we noticed today the president didn't mention khorasan. yesterday he said the al qaeda offshoot is plotting against the united states. khorasan targets were hit in syria on monday. the name khorasan is persian and it refers to the glory days of the islamic expansion in the seventh century. we asked bob orr to find out what they're up to these days. >> reporter: sources say the threat from the khorasan group dwan building as syria's civil war was expanding in 2012. that's when u.s. and foreign intelligence first tracked a small number of senior al qaeda terrorists as they moved from afghanistan and pakistan into syria. khorasan soon imported dozens of additional operatives from wide-range terror cells in chechnya, iraq, iran, yemen, and north africa. khorasan found sanctuary with al qaeda's syria-based affiliate ntumba, and as nusra battled to carve out operating space,
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khorasan took advantage of that safe haven to begin plotting external attacks against europe and the united states. sources say khorasan, with the help of al qaeda bomb makers, is working on developing concealable explosivethat could be smuggled aboard airplanes. and khorasan's actively recruiting jihadis with western passports as potential operatives to conduct attacks in their home countries. it was this threat that prompted the t.s.a. in july to tighten security for u.s.-bound flights from foreign airports. cell phones and laptops with dead batteries were band for fear the devices could be used to hide bombs. in carrying out this week's airstrikes, the pentagon claimed it had disrupted imminent attack plotting by khorasan, and officials say the group did have all the pieces in place to soon move to an execution phase. but intelligence sources say no attack was on the immediate horizon. khorasan had not yet selected targets or launched operatives. now, the u.s. airstrikes did
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considerable damage. pentagon officials said, in fact, the bombs and missiles hit every intended target. khorasan's plotting has clearly been disrupted but sources say, scott, there's no reason to think the threat has been eliminated. >> pelley: bob orr in our washington newsroom, bob, thank you. today, iran ruled out cooperating with the united states in the battle against isis. "cbs this morning" cohost charlie rose asked president hassan rouhani if he thinks the u.s.-led coalition will be successful. >> ( translated ): it is not clear for us what they are seeking-- a theater for public consumption or they're after a tangible, a real objective in the region? it is not crystal clear for us, but what i can tell you une85icably, no terrorist group can be eradicated and destroyed through aerial bombardment. >> reporter: but no one believes that. no one believes that. the united states don't believe that, the arab countries don't believe that, that are supporting the united states. they understand that.
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that's why they're focusing on the training of the free syrian army-- syrians-- to combat the terroristiterrorists in their o. >> ( translated ): so in other words they want to put more fuel on the5 existing fire. >> reporter: no, they want to destroy the terrorists. >> ( translated ): this is not the way, sir. the way to combat terrorism, sir, is not for us to give birth to another terrorist group in order to stand up against an existing terrorist groups. these are the series of mistakes that have composed the rings of the chain that have taken us from where we were to where we are today. we must accept the realities. we cannot organize armed groups of fighters in order to reach our objectives. >> pelley: charlie rose with the president of iran. there will be more on isis tomorrow on "cbs this morning."
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norah o'donnell will talk to prince turki al-faisal, saudi arabia's former ambassador to the united states. we are seeing just how far and how fast isis barbarity is spreading. today, islamic extremists in north africa beheaded a french tourist. they said it was in retaliation for french airstrikes on isis in iraq. a video was posted online just like the isis beheadings of two americans and a briton. the hostage was kidnapped sunday while hiking in algeria. the french president said his airstrikes will continue. some of the isis targets are in northern syria near the turkish border, and that is where we find holly williams. >> reporter: we found leyla rasul today, sitting in the dust, grieving for her home and her village, both now captured by isis. she ran for her life on saturday with all the belongings she could carry, and she's now safe in turkey.
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but like 150,000 other syrians who have streamed across this border over the last week, she has nowhere to go. , and leyla told us she wants the u.s. to help. what do you want america to do? "i just want the americans to defeat isis, to push them out," she said. "so that we can go back home." the u.s. was determined to stay out of syria's bloody civil war, already in its fourth year. but now america has been drawn into the conflict by isis militants and their violent form of islamic rule. the u.s.-led strikes against isis, though, are limited and syrians who are suffering at the hands of the islamic extremists want america to do much more. khalil gazi, a blacksmith from the sown of karbani, brought his
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family to turkey two days ago. today, with hundreds of other syrian men, he lined up at the border to go back and fight against isis. "they're not humans. they're killers," khalil told us. "come and bomb them, obama, and god bless you." the u.s.-led airstrikes so far failed to stop the advance of isis. they've targeted places like bar actions and storage and training facilities, but, scott, actually flushing the isis militants out of the towns and cities they've occupied might be impossible because the risk of civilian casualties is simply too high. >> pelley: holly williams along syria's northern border with turkey. holly, thanks very much. and there's this-- we learned today that one of the pilots in the operation against isis is a woman from the united arab emirates. major mariam al mansouri flies an f-15.
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she was among the first women to join the uae air force in 2007. today, a prosecutor said that nascar super star tony stewart will not face criminal charges in the death of another driver. don dahler had a look at the evidence. >> reporter: the incident happened during a dirt track race in canandaigua, new york, on the evening of august 9, kevin ward jr. and tony stewart were racing closely into a turn when ward spun out. the 20-year-old driver got out of his car and angrily pointed towards stewart. one car managed to swerve around ward before stewart hit him. >> oh, he hit him! >> reporter: ontario county district attorney michael tantillo says visual evidence was important. >> while the videos actually did not demonstrate any aberrational driving by tony stewart until the point of impact with kevin ward. >> reporter: according to the d.a., ward had enough marijuana in his system to be impaired. >> the fact that kevin ward was
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observed running basically down two-third of the track into a hot track in the middle of other cars that were still racing played a big, big factor in their decision. >> reporter: the driver of the car that missed ward was called to testify, along with other drivers, racetrack employees, and accident reconstruction experts. stewart's reputation for angry outbursts on and off the track helped fuel speculation that the death was no accident. it took nearly three weeks before stewart spoke publicly. >> this has been one of the toughest tragedies i've ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally, and this is something that will definitely affect my life forever. >> tony stewart! ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: two days later the three-time nascar champion returned to racing. after today's decision, stewart issued a statement saying the attention should not be on him but on remembering the young man who lost his life. but, scott, kevin ward's mother told us on the phone moments ago this matter is not at rest and
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relatives owed the government money. congress cried foul, the agency said it would stop, but did it? we asked wyatt andrews to check. >> reporter: we first met mary grice in april after her tax refund of almost $3,000 had been confiscated, she said, without notice. it turned out social security had seized her refund, claiming her family received too much in death benefits after grice's father died in 1960. grice was five years old at the time, says she never got a penny, and calls the loss of her refund an injustice. >> they feel that we're the government. we can do what we want, however we want, whenever we want, and it's-- it's-- it's so unfair. >> reporter: grice of the target of what social security calls its treasury offset program, which allows it to seize old debt. officials believe that debt older than 10 years total $714 million and needs to be collected.
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but when grice's story went public, social security announced an immediate halt to further referrals to decades-old debt, and say the in a statement it would never try to collect the debt of a person's relative. we found several taxpayers who say social security is doing just that, taking refunds without evidence the debt is theirs. here's what happened to diane vonderacht of new jersey: >> i asked them to give me checks with signatures because i could show them that i didn't sign these checks. they don't have any checks. they have no proof. >> reporter: social security said in a statement, "we do provide documentation of the alleged overpayments," bit john jones of maryland who lost a $3100 refund saved a voice mail from a social security worker warning him not to expect any documents. when mary grice complained last spring, social security at first paid her back, but last month,
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it sent this letter saying she still owes the debt. >> well, you haven't explained to me why i owe you 2996. and i have no intentions of paying it until you do. >> reporter: social security tells us the old debt collection process remains under review, but, scott, five taxpayers have sued to stop the program all together. >> pelley: wyatt, thanks very much. in a moment, we'll tell you what happened when apple tried to update its new iphone operating system, so please hold. tcranberry flatbread before we craft it into a sandwich. the amazingly tender roasted turkey -- always raised without antibiotics, the zesty cranberry mostarda, the freshly baked flatbread... but here's what you don't always see. the care and attention that goes into it. because what matters most is the simple, delicious ingredients that make up the whole delicious meal made just for you. and this is our turkey cranberry flatbread sandwich, paired perfectly with our autumn squash soup.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, cyber crime hit home for tens of millions of americans when they learned the debit and credit cards they used at home depot or target or both had been stolen by hackers. how can the hackers be stopped? jim axelrod found catching a criminal begins with thinking like one. >> we now know we've got our target, and we know a lot about him. >> reporter: in the war on cyber crime, this is the next generation of cops on the beat. >> home depot versus target. what's the biggest difference? >> reporter: and charles largay is the wise old detective training them. >> these are the tools that we have available to us to crack. >> there is somebody trying to come over the wall in every business, every entity, every enterprise, every day. >> bam! connected.
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>> reporter: by showing them how to break into computer networks in this lab at the university of southern maine, largay is teaching his student to think like the bad guys. >> we show them the kind of things that people do to get a hold of critical information. >> reporter: and once they understand that? >> then you can defend against it. if you don't understand how it's happening, how do you stop it? >> on reconnection we're going to try to see the pass word, or at least get an idea of what encrypted pass word is. >> reporter: in the last five years, hackers have been responsible for at least 236 million reported corporate data breaches. students like tatiana roman-chishina and joseph cronyn know that number will only get bigger. >> it's really about what's coming next and what tools can we use to prepare for that next level of the war? >> reporter: perhaps the most important tool they have is largay himself, who has been in computer security since before there was an internet are you able to teach them in a way where they can beat the guys trying to come over the wall? >> i hope we give them enough
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skills. it's going to take people who can think outside of the box, and who don't suffer from a failure of imagination. >> reporter: are you ever worried the bad guys are just too smart? >> well, i'm hoping that the good guys are smart as well. or smarter. that would be better. >> reporter: anything to keep the crooks from turning all those 1s and 0s into incalculable damage. jim axelrod, cbs news, portland, maine. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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i'm peggy fox in charlottesville. where is jesse matthew? >> where is he? >> will you stop this. what didn't you understand about what i just said? >> reporter: that's a question his own attorney doesn't seem to be able to answer. i'll have the story coming up. >> reporter: i'm bruce leshan at the white house, new calls ser the director of the secret rvice to resign after that intruder made it over the fence and all the way into the mansion. >> reporter: an open air drug market known as the yard is shut down. i'm scott broom in upper marlboro, coming up a place police say separated something like a flea market for drugs. >> reporter: i'm martin decarro. i'll tell you about metro's plan to put an end to that herky-jerky ride on the train. >> good evening.
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i'm jan jeffcoat. >> i'm derek mcginty. breaking news now and the big mystery still tonight where is jesse matthew, the man charged in the abduction of missing uva sophomore hannah graham. we did learn matthew hired a former prosecutor to represent him but no sign of him. >> we're standing by for a live police news conference supposed to kick off any minute. peggy fox is in charlottesville now with the latest from today. >> reporter: we're waiting for charlottesville police chief timothy longo to begin speaking at the podium. as soon as he does, we'll take it live. today we talked with his attorney james camblos and are hearing rumors perhaps there is an arrest. we'll learn that when the chief comes up today. we talked to his attorney today james camblos who would not say if he knew where his client was. all he did was confirm yes, he represents jesse matthew. we also learned today that jesse mahe

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